The European Commission established the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) on Jan. 19. While the transition to a new office was agreed upon in June of last year, the official beginning of the program was Wednesday.
“The EUAA is a unique agency, with the tools and ability to support Member States and the Union itself in tangibly improving the application of the world’s only multinational asylum system,” Nina Gregory, the Executive Director of the EUAA said.
The new agency seeks to improve upon the practices of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to better support EU Countries in this area. The European Commission has already pledged €172 million for a budget for 2022.
The agency begins the year with operations in eight EU countries. These operations improve upon EASO’s procedures by enabling quicker deployment of personnel to critical areas as well as a greater emphasis on the protection of human rights for refugees. The EUAA also has a greater capacity to work with non-EU countries to support international cooperation in times of crisis.